What are the best gymnastics mats?

Top 10 Gymnastics Mats

Foldaing? Inflatable? For home? There are just so many options to choose from, right? Whether you are a gymnast that has just started tumbling or you have an experienced tumbler at home, picking the right mat is crucial. No matter the experience, gymnasts are constantly pushing their bodies to the limit—jumping, twisting, turning and flipping—and with all this comes the chance of injuries. 

Because of this, the most important thing to consider when tumbling is safety. A good gymnastics mat will provide cushioning and protection while a gymnast practices, whether at home or at the gym. Therefore, finding a proper mat is a must.

According to the use the mat is going to have, there are some things a gymnast should consider, such as: 

  1. Thickness. A mat that is excessively thin won’t provide enough cushioning and protection, should the gymnast fall during practice. However, a mat that is too thick will cause the gymnast’s hands or feet to sink into the mat, therefore making the practice of stunts harder. Standard mat thickness is about 1 3/8” thick.
  2. Mat dimensions. Mats are offered in a variety of different sizes, a gymnast should find one that fulfills their needs and allows them to practice their stunts on it. 
  3. Tumbling runs. To do activities such as tumbling runs, a gymnast needs to get more than one tumbling mat. Most mats have a way to attach multiple mats end to end in order to elongate it.

Coming up next, we’ll give you some of the best options currently on the market:

 

10. Everlast 2X6 Folding Mat

This Everlast mat comes with a non-absorbent shell and a sewn handle for increased portability. It’s made from bonded foam 1 5/8″ thick for extra comfort. The thickness is higher than the standard, but it compliments well with a resilient shell for easy landing.

It folds easily for storage and transportation. 

 

9. Best Choice Products Folding Exercise Aerobics Mat 

 

It comes with long-lasting and non-absorbent PU leather cover for easy cleaning. It’s made from a 2” high-density EPE foam, which is ideal for home use.

It can be added to other mats through Velcro straps for tumbling runs, and has an easy to fold design for increased portability.

At a good price and good quality. 

 

8. Giantex Mat Thick Folding Panel

This folding mat is made of four panels of High-Density EPE that can be easily folded to save storage space. Two handles are sewn on both ends of the mat and are easy to hold and carry. The entire gymnastic mat is covered with PU leather which is long-lasting enough to protect the inner foam and ensure safe exercise. 

Velcro latches are built in both ends of the mat which enables you can add extra mats for tumbling runs.

 

7. Polar Aurora Folding Gymnastics Mat

Made from 2″ High Density and EPE foam. Just like the Gigantex mat, the Polar Aurora Mat consists of four panels that can be easily folded.

It can be added to other mats from all 4 sides. The thick long-lasting foam is quite firm, and it might take some time to break in the padding. Nonetheless, the mat is very light and portable. 

 

6. We Sell Mats Folding Exercise Gym Mats 

This mat is made from safe non-toxic lead-free durable ECO 18 oz vinyl and industry standard cross-linked polyethylene foam. The thickness is 2″ and it comes in a choice of several different colors and sizes.

It comes with Velcro on all 4 sides to make it easy to hook several mats together to make a large workout area or tumbling run. 

 

5. CharaVector Folding Thick Gymnastics Mat

Unlike other mats, CharaVector’s inside is filled with compression-resistant EPE pearl wool plus outside covered with thickened PU leather which achieves healthy, durable and better resilience, not easy distorted. It keeps its shape for long-term usability and protects knees, wrists, elbows, and back.

This exercise mat features hook and loop Velcro on all sides, to combine more mats together.

 

4. Tumbl Trak Folding Gymnastics Mat


Just like the N°5 on this list, this mat is made with 18 oz. vinyl and industry-standard, cross-linked polyethylene foam. It has 2 ft wide black folding panels for easy handling and storage, and four-sided hook and loop to enable the connection on all sides. Something to have in mind, is that they don’t stick to hardwood floors, the vinyl can be prone to bunching over time, and the mats fold, but can’t be taken apart. However, it’s a good option at a reasonable price. 

 

3.We Sell Mats Bi-Folding Crash Landing Mat

 


Another one by We Sell Mats, this one comes with a choice of different thickness such as 2″, 4″, 8″ and 12″ to serve all purposes.  Assembled with a sponge foam core with heavy-duty 18oz. vinyl top to ensure maximum durability, it’s marginally softer than regular folding mats. Comes in two different sizes (4’x6′ or 4’x8′), and it folds in half for easy storage. 

 

 

2. Platinum High-Quality Folding Mat

This one is made with High-density, 2″ EPE eco-friendly foam, with an easy-to-clean durable vinyl cover. It comes with Velcro straps on each end of the mat and it may be connected to additional mats for tumbling runs. The price’s a bit higher than other options, but the excellent quality will make it a long-lasting mat.

 

  1. We Sell Mats Gymnastics Folding and Non-Folding Incline Cheese Wedge

To close this article, we included a different kind of mat: a cheese wedge. Made by We Sell Mats as well, it’s an interesting option for all ages. Though it will soften with time, it’s sturdier and firmer than other mats, which is something to consider if you are looking for a mat that is on the softer side. 

It comes in four sizes to suit all ages, and three different colors you can choose from. 

 

As you can see, many of the characteristics listed above depend on the needs of the gymnast. They all come in an array of sizes, colors, and thickness, and will fit a variety of different purposes. But one thing is sure, you’ll be able to find your perfect mat within this list! Thank you for visiting our website~